The Brussels Beer Challenge will celebrate its 11th anniversary in Eupen, capital of Belgium’s German-speaking community. Its residents are often referred to as the ‘last Belgians’ – they are multilingual, welcoming and cheerful. Here, life is good and flows with the seasons.
The road to Eupen
Beer poking is an age-old tradition which dates back more than 400 years ago. It was quite popular in the colonial era where a combination of heat and alcohol was preferred during the cold winters. When Colonial Americans were sitting by the campfires in winter,
Foeders are large vessels commonly found across breweries in Europe. Used for winemaking, foeders have transitioned into beer making tradition propelled by European brewers. Rodenbach, Brouwerij Boon and Liefmans are some of the breweries that feature foeders and use them for mixed-fermentation beers. So, what are foeders?